1 Samuel 8: 1-18

On the first sitting day of every new Parliament, there’s a quaint ceremony when the House of Representatives elects a new Speaker. The election itself is a formality, since the Speaker is always a member of the governing party; but there is a curious moment when the new Speaker is escorted to the Speaker’s chair by two fellow MPs. The new Speaker makes a show of being reluctant to accept the Speakership; whereupon the escorting MPs link their arms through the Speaker’s arms and more or less frog-march them into the Speaker’s Chair. Continue reading “1 Samuel 8: 1-18”